Student killed in Senegal political protests – Delay of presidential election | World News

Feb 9, 2024



A student died in senegal political opposition which started late by one presidential electionAFP said, citing university and hospital sources.
Senegal's parliament has voted to postpone presidential elections, originally scheduled for February 25, to December. This decision has increased concerns about the future of democracy in the country. In response to the delay, protesters Capital People in Dakar clashed with police, who used tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets. Protesters burned tires and threw stones, with some calling President Macky Sall a dictator. Similar protests also took place in the cities of Touba and Mbeke.
The unrest following the postponement has deepened fears of prolonged instability in Senegal. President Sall, who has already served two terms, attributed the delay to a dispute over the candidate list and claimed it could undermine the credibility of the electoral process. However, critics argue that he is attempting to seize power. The West African bloc and foreign powers have criticized the decision, seeing it as a departure from Senegal's democratic tradition.
Justice Minister Aissata Tal Sall acknowledged the crisis and called for calm, saying the moratorium was not solely a presidential decision but was approved by parliament. He also stressed that the Constitutional Court did not have jurisdiction to deal with legal challenges filed against the decision.
The United States Embassy in Dakar expressed support for an earlier call by the regional bloc ECOWAS to align the electoral calendar with the constitution. The Embassy highlighted that various Senegalese political and civil society actors shared this view.
Despite efforts by opposition members to stall the voting, the bill to postpone the elections was passed by a majority of MLAs. The opposition coalition Yevri Askan Y and several opposition presidential candidates have filed legal challenges in the Constitutional Court. However, Justice Minister Tal Sall said the court was not the appropriate body to deal with these challenges.
The situation in Senegal remains tense, with concerns over the country's democratic future. The postponement of the presidential election has drawn widespread protest and criticism both domestically and internationally. As legal challenges emerge, the stability and credibility of Senegal's democratic processes will be closely watched.
(with inputs from agencies)



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